- (used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses) along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides; also; moreover: pens and pencils.
- added to; plus: 2 and 2 are 4.
- then: He read for an hour and went to bed.
- also, at the same time: to sleep and dream.
- then again; repeatedly: He coughed and coughed.
- (used to imply different qualities in things having the same name): There are bargains and bargains, so watch out.
- (used to introduce a sentence, implying continuation) also; then: And then it happened.
- Informal. to (used between two finite verbs): Try and do it. Call and see if she's home yet.
- (used to introduce a consequence or conditional result): He felt sick and decided to lie down for a while. Say one more word about it and I'll scream.
- but; on the contrary: He tried to run five miles and couldn't. They said they were about to leave and then stayed for two more hours.
- (used to connect alternatives): He felt that he was being forced to choose between his career and his family.
- (used to introduce a comment on the preceding clause): They don't like each other—and with good reason.
- Archaic. if: and you please.Compare an2.
- an added condition, stipulation, detail, or particular: He accepted the job, no ands or buts about it.
- conjunction(def 5b).
- and so forth, and the like; and others; et cetera: We discussed traveling, sightseeing, and so forth.
- and so on, and more things or others of a similar kind; and the like: It was a summer filled with parties, picnics, and so on.
Origin of and
- Andorra (international car registration)
- along with; in addition toboys and girls
- as a consequencehe fell down and cut his knee
- afterwardswe pay the man and go through that door
- (preceded by good or nice) (intensifier)the sauce is good and thick
- plustwo and two equals four
- used to join identical words or phrases to give emphasis or indicate repetition or continuitybetter and better; we ran and ran; it rained and rained
- used to join two identical words or phrases to express a contrast between instances of what is namedthere are jobs and jobs
- informal used in place of to in infinitives after verbs such as try, go, and cometry and see it my way
- an obsolete word for if and it please you Informal spellings: an, an', 'n
- (usually plural) an additional matter or problemifs, ands, or buts
Word Origin and History for and so forth
Old English and, ond, originally meaning "thereupon, next," from Proto-Germanic *unda (cf. Old Saxon endi, Old Frisian anda, Middle Dutch ende, Old High German enti, German und, Old Norse enn), from PIE *en; cognate with Latin ante, Greek anti (see ante). Phrase and how as an exclamation of emphatic agreement dates from early 1900s.
Idioms and Phrases with and so forth
and so forth
Also, and so on. And more of the same, also, and others. For example, At the mall, we shopped, had lunch, shopped some more, and so forth, or She planned to buy an entire outfit in blue—dress, shoes, hat, and so on. The first term dates from the late 1500s, the variant from the early 1700s. Also see and the like.